25 Things you might not know about me

#1.  My 2 yrd old  Billie and I lived in a converted 1954 school bus and traveled with my 2nd husband who worked for Santa Fe. We lived in railroad yards and campgrounds for 6 months. 1979

#2. I went to Butler County Jr. College for the 2 yr. Associate Degree Nursing Program and my goal was to be a spanish speaking nurse and move to Puerto Rico.

#3. When I was in Las Vegas several years ago at an AA convention, I got a ride home from a golf tournament with Kiel Martin, who played Larue on Hill Street Blues, in his Mercedes Benz. Believe it or not, I was speechless during the ride!

#4. I have had at least 31 jobs. My main career was in the printing industry, but I also was veterinarian asst., cleaned bathrooms at a library and for the city of La Veta, was a meat wrapper at a grocery store, was a barista, and  taught spinning classes.

#5. Kim Novak, the actress, has one of my handpainted Christmas ornaments.

#6. Not proud of this one but at least it didn’t lead me into a life of crime-I forged my Mom’s name in my Girl Scout badge book so I could get some badges.

#7. I have not had a green bean pass my lips since I moved away from home. I was scarred as a child by being made to sit at the table until I ate my beans. Sometimes I went to bed with green beans in my mouth. I can still remember having those seeds in my mouth. YEECHH!

#8. I REALLY wanted to be a stand up comedian. I even did some routines at Theodore’s back in the day.  Went to one open mike night at Stanford and Sons in KC. Apparently there weren’t any talent scouts in the audience since I didn’t get discovered! : (

#9. Some people think I make too big of a deal about my birthday, but it is because I am SOOOOOO Happy to still be alive. I almost drank myself to death, was choked once, had a knife held to my throat once and was shot at, survived a snowmobile accident, and survived falling asleep at the wheel.  I woke up right before hitting a concrete embankment.  I still wrecked the car but at least I didn’t get squished. Yikes!!

#10. On April 22, 1982 I gave up my 3 pack a day Marlboro cigarette habit.  I was the first woman to take the Motorcycle Safety Class that spring.  I passed the class even though I ran over the instructor’s feet. With the money I saved from not smoking, I bought a 250 Yamaha and rode all over the place.  I was 29.

#11. When I was 5 years old, cortisone had just come out as a miracle drug.  I was given mega doses of it to see if I would grow some hair.  There are photos of me all moon faced from it.  My mom said that I got the chicken pox and almost died from them.  She said that I was covered from head to toe with them.  No more cortisone after that.

#12. Between the years when I was 8-11 years old, we would go to Kansas City to see a dermatologist.  He would send us home with potions for me to rub on my head and then to sleep with a shower cap on. He said the shower cap would promote sweat which would promote hair growth.  I remember being sad when nothing would happen.  I finally said, “unless they come up with something that actually grows hair, I don’t want to do anything else. ” It was too depressing.

#13. I took up golf and tennis when I was 34.  That is when I quit drinking and I needed something to replace that activity.

#14. In the early 80’s I used to make buttons and patches. They were popular with bikers.  My business name was “Kreative Kreipe”.  I made a few thousand buttons, all manually.  Cut out the circles and the pressed them in the button machine.  My patches were made for biker rallies and ABATE’s yearly Labor Day Party.  My most popular button was the “No Dickheads” button.  It didn’t say it on the button but had a picture illustrating it.  I made hundreds of those.

#15.  When I got married for the 2nd time it was in a chapel in Miami, OK.  Joe and I rode there on his 1955 Harley.  I had an aquamarine wedding ring and he had an aquamarine earring. I wore black leather overalls and had on a tee shirt that said “and on the 8th day God created Harley Davidson. When we did our vows we said “and with this earring I thee wed”.  That was May 19, 1980.  Mount St. Helena erupted May 18, 1980.  I should have taken that as a sign!

#16. Thanks to who I am married to, I have been retired since I was 48.  Denny and I have had such a full and fun life together.

#17. For the short time I had hair, about 1  1/2 years, my hair was jet black!  Throughout my life I have mainly been auburn/red/bright red/blond red/brown/..  I am pretty set on the blond/red color now and still wonder if I will ever go grey? ……….I don’t think so.

#18. I broke my first bone when I was in the 6th grade.  I hit my brother in the head and broke my right little finger.  It was actually bent into a 90 degree angle.  My first cast. It was a little confusing because my elderly grandparents-They were probably my age I am now-were babysitting us while my parents were away for a couple of weeks.  They had no info on me, insurance, etc.  and we couldn’t contact my parents.  We had to take a taxi to the emergency room. Finally they took care of me.  Total broken bones: 2 fingers; 3 toes; 1 right hand-fell off of back porch and hit my hand on my motorcycle, luckily I had moved a rake that was prongs up under the porch the day before; 1 left wrist playing tennis; 1 collar bone and a few broken ribs  in a snowmobile accident that also tore most of my muscles away from my ribs and sternum and also injured my neck, months of healing plus 3 neck surgies from that accident; totally dislocated right shoulder while cross country skiing while just standing there talking to my friend Peggy, I just literally fell over and my shoulder dislocated.

#19. My middle name is Scott.  Jbird has been a nickname of mine for years.  It’s not used to much here in Kansas but in Colorado and Arizona I was called “Bird” a lot.  Denny calls me that all the time.  I have letters from my grandparents from 50 years ago that called me Jbird.  My dad’s nickname for me was Bug.  I knew the first clue that his mind was changing was when he didn’t remember that he called me that.  It made me sad. The Scott was from my great uncle Scotty.

#20. Even though I can sound like I am always busy and productive, I have been know to play games on the computer for literally 5-6 hours in just one sitting! I’m not quite as bad as I used to be, but…..I can still spend a few hours and not realize.  I try to do it at night after Denny has gone to bed. He TOTALLY doesn’t get the point of computer, which is the point that there is no point.  One time I spent a total year on Jewel Quest to finally get to the final win. Sometimes I have to ground myself and say I can’t play until I have the house cleaned, the dishes done, taken a shower, finish a quilt, finish a painting, etc….It works sometimes.

#21. I was 48 and living in Colorado before I took my first watercolor lesson.  My instructor was Margie. Her studio was a little cabin with a woodburning stove.  She would line the tables with paper and a group of us would sit all Monday afternoon and paint. I miss Margie Bradley. I learned so much from her. I’m a firm believer that it is never too late to try something new.  Many of my firsts have been in my 50’s.

#22.  I used to be a REALLY BAD SPORT.  Unfortunately I was a really bad sport clear into my late 30’s  I would get so mad when I lost a game of any kind.  One time I threw a deck of cards at my girlfriend Mary.  One time I flipped over a Risk Game which has a million pieces.  They went flying all over my sisters kitchen.  One time I got soooo mad at a bowling alley because they didn’t put my name up as Star of the Week from my high score of the week before.  I drank myself into oblivion over that one.  When I first started playing golf I would pout so badly when I had a bad hole. I wouldn’t talk to my playing partners like for rest of the round.  My kids still bring up my sportsmanship from what they remember as little kids.  I have changed my evil ways and I really try not to be a big baby when I lose.

#23. I was hopelessly, madly, in love with the Fonz. It was the the year 1975-1976. I would fantasize him. I worked nights and sometimes I would call in sick when Happy Day’s was on. I have never told anyone this.

#24. I have started completely over twice. In my first 2 divorces, I lost everything.  The first time I was 25 and the 2nd time I was 34.

#25. Life changing events. I have a few: becoming a member of AA, going to Namakkal, India on a HIV/AIDS mission, my snowmobile accident which changed my physical part of me forever.  But..the one thing that still haunts me to this day is when I heard that a guy I liked as a freshman in high school told another friend that “some baldheaded chick has a crush on me”.  Why so life changing?  That is the first time that I realized that people might actually think that about me and that I was a freak. 16 years old.  Depression, ulcers, the feeling of wanting to runaway and hide,  etc. all were set in place.     That finishes my list.  Some of it funny, some of it sad, some of it weird, but I liked doing it.


20 Responses to “25 Things you might not know about me”

  1. Kathy 10/22/2012 at 10:28 am #

    Bird – what a great idea! And, I can’t wait to read all about your 25 things!! I’m a little afraid that mine won’t be near as exciting as your 25s!! And, I mean that in a very complimentary way – you’ve led an exciting life.

  2. Judy Knoll 10/24/2012 at 2:08 pm #

    You, speechless? Never would have thunk it possible!! : )

  3. ruth 10/25/2012 at 2:22 am #

    Hmmmn….you might have been speechless; but I bet I know what you were thinking…..”what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” lol

  4. Emily 10/26/2012 at 10:19 am #

    Your #2 made me laugh out loud.

  5. Mitzi Keairns 10/27/2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Love you J!! You always make me laugh. Hey I did know at least one or two of the things about you from our fun marathon talks to and from the movies! Miss those good old days!

  6. stephanie 10/28/2012 at 7:35 am #

    you are way to funny

  7. Kathy 10/28/2012 at 7:59 am #

    Love your list! Green beans – I didn’t know. I’m the same with salmon patties. Couldn’t leave the table one night until I ate some. Everyone cleared the table, Mom did dishes, sun went down – and I just sat there. Needless to say, I didn’t have to eat any – and I was never forced to eat salmon patties since. Yuck – even the thought!

  8. E Rush 10/28/2012 at 9:31 am #

    I love this idea. I may have to steal it? I don’t know if I could come up with enough cool stuff. In fact, I share so much about myself on facebook, there may not be anything left. lol ….I love reading these things about you. A Spanish speaking nurse. 🙂

  9. E Rush 10/28/2012 at 9:34 am #

    Although I am love the forgery of your mom’s signature. I’m sure that makes Girl Scouts everywhere proud 🙂

  10. Jacque Frost 11/03/2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I only see 13 – where are the other 12???

  11. ruth 11/04/2012 at 2:47 pm #

    I also remember a button making party with Karyl-Ann; also the “I survived J’s divorce” button…….a gazillion years ago lol

  12. Kathy 11/05/2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Bird – have you ever thought of writing a book? Seriously, you have too many good stories (chapters) to pass up the opportunity! Love your list!! PS. And, your Mom could give you some pointers on getting published!

  13. Kathy 11/10/2012 at 7:39 am #

    # 18 – have you ever considered wrapping yourself in bubble wrap? Wow, that is a lot of injuries!!

  14. Erin 11/11/2012 at 8:42 am #

    I am LOVING your list and how open you are with things. Once again, I am thinking I may start the same (I was thinking beginning of Dec 1;….of course, if the world comes to an end as they say, I won’t need all 25. hee hee). I’ve really enjoyed getting to know more about you through this process. Be safe and have a great trip.

  15. Kathy 11/16/2012 at 8:43 am #

    Drumroll please…..> > > > > > > > and the number 25th thing we don’t know about J is………………….

  16. Judy Knoll 11/16/2012 at 9:55 pm #

    You are an amazing, wonderful person, J. You’ve been through so much and still have a great attitude – well, most of the time! Thanks for sharing, it has been fun, sad and rewarding learning more about you. I’ll miss these….maybe 25 more?

  17. Erin 11/17/2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing that wonderful list about you.

  18. Kathy 11/19/2012 at 8:00 am #

    Very much enjoyed your list of 25 J. You are a survivor for sure – and an inspriration!!! Will miss the daily list. Hugs!!

  19. Linda 01/22/2014 at 5:27 am #

    I just read your list and you are truly an amazing woman! I am so thankful that our paths have crossed and I miss our painting together.

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